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Long term, heavy smoking

Posted in Getting started 12 Jul 2022

Hi all. I started smoking when I was 16. Now I'm 48. I wish I never started but I love smoking. In recent months I noticed a strange pain in my upper left leg. It turned out to be a partially blocked artery. I was told by my specialist if I don't quit soon my leg will be amputated. I sat there in shock listening to that, however I'm not surprised due to my age & how much I've smoked over the year's. It's crunch time. My GP has been great & my journey to quitting starts today.

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  • Robn July 12, 2022 | 16:28
    Hi Bomber74, I smoked for longer than you have been alive, I quit and so can you.
    Life is so much better without them. Better health, more money, more energy and no more being a slave to a very expensive habit. The addiction is 10% physical and 90% in your head. Get you head in the right frame of mind and it is easy. Go for can do it.
  • PuffNoMore , Southern NSW July 15, 2022 | 2:01
    Hi Bomber74. I would have been breathing in so much cigarette smoke from long cold winter nights in-doors before you were a twinkle in your parent's eye's.
    In the seventies it seemed, no matter who's place I stayed at, they were all smoked filled room's.
    Thankfully the adult smoking rate in Australia has fallen lower than 10%... Back then it was 39% or higher.
    I too was a very very heavy smoker. Not anymore>
    Yes, I Do have COPD. Doesnt mean I'm dead!
    Not ready to die just yet.
    Get set.
    Get ready
    & Quit.
  • Happiness July 16, 2022 | 22:54
    Yes, many of us have been heavier smokers for many more years than you. If we old dogs can learn new tricks , so can you. It really is easier to quit permanently with the proper mindset. If you begrudge giving up something, then of course you will miss it and find it difficult to adjust.

    See smoking in a different light. Realize that you are not quitting your life, just cigarettes. You are not missing out on anything, but have in the past and will again in the future by continuing to smoke. Nicotine is an addiction, and the act of smoking done to stave off the cravings . It is not our love of smoking but our need to rid of the uncomfortable moments if we did not give in and inject the drug. Hence, we made EXCUSES to cover our weakness and bought into the advertisements of looking "cool and sophisticated". How much did this cost you personally?

    Say NO to tobacco companies and reclaim your life. We DO have the power!

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